Tue, 15 Oct 2019

Cape Cobras refute any claims of racial division

15 Jun 2019, 04:12 GMT+10

Cape Town - The Cape Cobras have dismissed any allegations of a racial division within the Cape-franchise last season following a recent media report this week.

Al Jazeera's David Cox published an article this week that quoted Lions batsman Kagiso Rapulana mentioning an incident in the Cape Cobras camp.

"There was an incident at the Cobras franchise this season where a white batsman was omitted for a black batsman for the first four games and the latter wasn't performing well. He was chosen for the fifth game as well and that's when the white guy lost his temper and said: 'You'd better make use of this opportunity'," Rapulana told Al Jazeera.

"Everyone got involved. Black players stood up for black players, white players stood up for white players. It caused a lot of division within the team. Later in the season, I got a message from the black guy who said he was struggling emotionally and was thinking of asking the franchise to release him at the end of the season."

The player(s) in question are not referred to or mentioned in the story.

On Friday, Cape Cobras chief executive Nabeal Dien released a press release and revealed that the Western Cape Cricket board and players were "aghast by the accusations" and refuted the claim.

The Cape Cobras statement reads as follows:

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